6 Welland St. S.

The house was built between 1854 and 1864 for William Waud and his family and continued throughout the 19th and 20th centuries to he owned by professional and skilled trades people.

In 1885, Thomas James Kennedy, a merchant tailor and his wife Ellen purchased the house, and so began the longest period of continuous ownership of the property by one family. In 1915, Ellen Kennedy granted the lot and house to her son-in-law Dr. Herbert Blake Ward, a Thorold dentist. Upon his death, the house became the property of Lois Ward, his daughter, an artist of note, and librarian in Thorold. Lois Ward sold the house in 1968; it changed hands again in 1973 and in 1975, was sold to the present owners Barbara and Michael Charron.

All of these people helped shape the community of Thorold. Their influence can be seen not only in the history of this house, but also in the history of the Niagara Region.

This substantial brick house has elements of both the Neoclassic and Classic Revival styles. Local buildings in the 19th century often combined several styles to Suit their needs. The house has a random rubble foundation. The medium-pitched gable roof (with one chimney at the north end) and the symmetrical three-bay facade, along with the original shutters, are neo-classical, while the doorway borrows from the Classical Revival style with classical mouldings and square head transom. The portico supported by square columns and pilasters, emphasizes the central door.
Soon after the house was built, an additional brick, two-storey wing was added at the rear; in the 1990's another room (board and batten) was added to the rear. At the rear of the property is an attractive coach house, probably late 19th century.

This imposing house is a conspicuous and familiar structure in the context of the neighbourhood.

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Designated Properties

Allanburg Heritage Oak Tree
Allanburg United Church
Allanburg Village Cemetery

Beaverdams Burying Grounds

Beaverdams Methodist Church & Graveyard

Beckett’s Reserve, Duncan McFarland House,
Stephen Beatty House

Calcott-Walker House

Camp House

Carl, Misener, Bald Cemetery

Carnegie Library

Carr-Millar-McMillan Block
Carroll-Tracy House
Carter-Holland House

Chestnut Hall

Constable House

Decew Young House

Decou House Monument

Dobbie House
Dominion Government Building
East Side School Bell
Fire Bell

First Presbyterian Church

Flannery House
Fraser-McMann House
George Bouk House

Grenville House

Griffiths House
Kennedy-Ward House
L.G. Lorriman/Central School
Lynch House
Macartney Drug Store

Memorial Park

Millar House
Millstone - Welland Mills

Moore-Lampman House
Munro House
O'Brien House
Old Firehall
Port Robinson Brick School

Quebec Bank

Robert Elliot House

Ross House

St. Andrews Presbyterian Church

Sir Edward Beatty House

Stewart House

The Stone Store

Trinity United Church
War Memorial

Welland Canal 2nd River Lock

Welland Mills